Crew defender Michael Parkhurst started for the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night in Portland against FC Bayern Munich, playing the first 45 minutes for the League at leftback.
The Crew captain, wearing number 23, went toe-to-toe with FC Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski on numerous occasions.
It was the Black & Gold's first All-Star appearance since 2010, when Chad Marshall and Guillermo Barros Schelotto played in the match.
MLS won the match by a 2-1 final courtesy of second-half goals by the New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips and LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
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Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes on The BIG Show every Wendesday on 95.5 The Game to discuss the latest happenings with the Black & Gold.
Crew midfielder Agustín Viana and his wife Nani welcomed a new member into their family yesterday when their son Álvaro was born.
Álvaro joins his new brother Santiago and his sisters Milagros and Sofía as the fourth child of the Viana family.
"Perfect and healthy! Thanks to God that everything is okay," said Viana. "[Álvaro] has a great mom and she is doing great also. We are happy."
In an odd coincidence, Álvaro was born in Columbus as the Crew was returning home from a road match in Chicago – the identical circumstances under which Sofía was born during last season.
"It's amazing – life, huh? As I said last year or so, it was a sign, because I was born in Chicago," said Viana. "It's incredible. We're happy. The most important thing is that everyone is okay."
Crew players Matt Lampson and Wil Trapp featured in last night's first-ever Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, playing 45 minutes each in a 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers U-23 side.
Lampson started the match and kept Timbers U-23 off the scoreboard for the opening 45 minutes. Trapp entered at halftime as a substitute for Vancouver's Russell Teibert.
The festivities continue on Wednesday night with Michael Parkhurst and the MLS All-Stars facing off against German double-winners FC Bayern Munich.
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Crew loanees Ross Friedman (pictured), Matt Walker and Matt Wiet again all started for the Dayton Dutch Lions in their match on Saturday, August 2 against the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Friedman and Wiet each played 90 minutes in the contest, while Walker played 85. Harrisburg won by a 1-0 final score on an eighth-minute tally by Garret Pettis.
Walker notched two shots in the clash for Dayton, which next plays on both Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9.
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CHANCE TO AVENGE LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP LOSS
The Black & Gold defeated the Fire on May 24 in the last League meeting between the two sides, but the Crew was eliminated from the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the Fifth Round by the Chicago Fire after a thrilling 4-2 match that required 120 minutes of action on June 25 at Toyota Park ... the Fire went ahead 1-0 in the first half through a Patrick Ianni goal, who scored off of a free kick from Harry Shipp ... after halftime, the Crew subbed Jairo Arrieta into the match, who leveled the contest with a stunning bicycle kick in the 55th minute ... 15 minutes later, Bernardo Anor put the Crew ahead 2-1, but Chicago leveled once more in the 83rd minute through Juan Luis Anangono ... with the match deadlocked at 2-2 after 90 minutes, extra-time was required. Chicago found a pair of goals in the 92nd and 108th minutes to seal the victory ... in the 92nd minute, Quincy Amarikwa scored after a series of crosses by Chicago, a tally that would hold-up as the match-winner ... Anangono added an insur- ance goal in the 108th minute to seal the victory for the home side.
TRYING TO TURN THE HEAT UP AGAINST THE FIRE
The Crew has recorded back-to-back wins against the Fire in the regular-season dating back to 2013 as the Black & Gold look to turn the tides against the Fire ... the team’s 3-0 win against Chicago in September 2013 snapped a four-match losing streak against the Fire ... Chicago has had the Crew’s number in six of the last nine overall regular-season meetings (6-3-0) and the Crew must now travel to Toyota Park after playing the last three regular-season contests at Crew Stadium.
LOTS OF ONE-GOAL GAMES CREW-FIRE TILTS OF LATE
Seven of the last nine regular-season meetings between the longtime rivals have resulted in one-goal matches, providing plenty of drama in regular-season play ... Chi- cago is 6-3-0 in the current span, with the Black & Gold securing a 2-1 win on May 26, 2012 at Crew Stadium ... perhaps a new trend is on the rise, as the the two matches with multiple-goal margin in the last nine meetings were a 3-0 win on September 21, 2013 in Columbus and the most recent meeting: a 2-0 Crew win at Crew Stadium on May 24.
QUITE THE 10-MATCH CLIP
With his game-winning goal on Saturday in New England, Ethan Finlay has scored a goal or an assist in seven of the last 10 League matches he’s played in dating back to May 17 at Portland ... Finlay scored his first career tally in Oregon before returning home for a second goal against Chicago on May 24 ... on May 31 in Toronto, Finlay added an assist on Justin Meram’s tally to open the scoring before scoring on June 4 ... the Crew was held scoreless in the 0-0 draw on June 7 and Finlay missed action on June 29 after recovering from an appendectomy ... he returned with the team’s lone goal in the 1-1 draw at Colorado on July 4 ... Finlay also assisted Adam Bedell’s goal in the July 12 match at New York.